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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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  • Obama Releases Birth Certificate
    President Obama Wednesday released a long-form version of his Hawaiian birth certificate. Questions about the place of his birth have long been the subject of conspiracy theories — even though the answer has long been established in Honolulu. Obama said he hoped his six-minute statement would put the matter to rest, but on Wednesday, the statement put the issue front and center.
  • Obama Chides Media For Role In 'Birther' Controversy
    The president released his birth certificate to quell persistent rumors he was not born in this country. In doing so, he said that for too long the nation has been distracted from weighty matters by "sideshows and carnival barkers."
  • Mozambique Coal Mine Brings Jobs, Concerns
    In order to keep up with its growing demand for raw materials, Brazil has set up a coal mine in Mozambique. And while the mine is providing jobs to locals and coal to global economies, it also required that 5,000 people relocate.
  • John Paul's Rise Toward Sainthood: Going Too Fast?
    John Paul II will be beatified in Rome on Sunday, bringing him one step away from sainthood. But some Catholics question whether the late pope is being elevated a bit too fast. They say special care is needed — especially because he presided during the clerical sex abuse scandal.
  • Letters: Case-Shiller Home Price Index
    Michele Norris and Melissa Block read emails from listeners about the Case-Shiller home price index.
  • Do The Threats In Syria Have Muscle?
    European countries are trying to exert pressure on the regime in Syria as the Syrian government escalates its bloody crackdown on protesters. More than 400 people have been killed since protests began nearly six weeks ago. European Union countries summoned Syrian ambassadors Wednesday and warned they could impose sanctions and freeze assets if the killing continues. For more on the situation in Syria, Melissa Block speaks with Ted Kattouf. He is a former U.S. ambassador to Syria and now president and CEO of AmiEast, a non-profit dedicated to education, training and development in the Middle East.
  • Syrian Expatriates Discuss Recent Violence
    As the tanks roll into to the suburbs of Damascus and opposition activists release reports of more deaths at the hands of President Bashar Assad's regime, Syrians in neighboring countries say their families back home are beginning to turn against Assad.
  • GOP Budget Architect Heads Home To Mixed Reviews
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has drawn huge crowds at listening sessions in his Wisconsin district. While a few constituents have asked him to run for president in 2012, others have raised a slew of concerns, from what will happen to their medical coverage to Ryan's plan to cut taxes for the wealthy.
  • Weary Of The Pressure, The Voice Of The Triple Crown Races Walks Away
    Tom Durkin says the stress and anxiety of calling the races on national TV were too much for him. It was like being at bat in the last game of the World Series when your team's behind, he says.
  • Bombino: Unfamiliar Suffering Gets A Universal Treatment
    Forced to leave his hometown of Agadez when rebellion broke out in Niger, young Tuareg guitarist Bombino filters his hardships through the familiar sound of rock 'n' roll.

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